WARNING: This is not a blog post geeking out about the hit television series “The Walking Dead”. Sorry to disappoint any fans out there. This is about the current status of many Christians today. We are the walking dead. Thankfully though, unlike most zombie movies, there is a cure! In light of the upcoming Halloween season, allow me to digress about our zombie-like faith, or lack thereof.
This past weekend some friends and I visited The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, pastoral home of the one and only Mr. Matt Chandler. The segment of series that he was in was directed at the men folk of the congregation, but I surprisingly got a lot out of it (ok, not really all that surprising because God’s a cool dude and can speak to you through anything). What I really gained from this was a slap in da face to wake up. Quit being lazy. So blog inspiration cred for this post goes to God speaking through Matt Chandler in a way that seems to hit me between the eyes every time.
Ezekiel 37 discusses Ezekiel’s journey where the Lord shows him a valley of dry bones. The scene is described as bones everywhere, completely dried out. The Lord asks Ezekiel, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” (Ez. 37:3), and Ezekiel replies, “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know the answer to that” (Ez. 37:3). In verse five of the chapter, the Lord says, “Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again. I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” Then outta da blue, like a scene from a Tim Burton movie, the bones came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons, muscles and flesh formed over the bones and skin formed to cover the bodies. Then, the Lord calls the winds to breathe life into these bodies. Living dead folk. Dead be coming to life left and right. The Lord shows Ezekiel these dead bodies are like the Israelites. He says He will open their graves, cause them to rise again, put His Spirit into them and make them live again. He does all of this so that they will know that He is the Lord.
We are like the Israelites and like these dried up bones. Romans 5:12 says sin brought death into the world. Romans 6:23 states the wages of sin is death. Romans 3:23 says we have all sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Break out those math reasoning and deduction skills—sin brought death into the world, we’ve all sinned, and the wages of sin is death. We have all sinned and are all dead in our sin. BUT there is good news. His name is Jesus.
I Corinthians 15:20-21, “But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man.” Sin and death came into the world through Adam, but resurrection has come for all through Christ. Verse 20 says he is the first, the first of many to come. Ephesians 2:4-6, “But He is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him n the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.”
Jump back to Ezekiel. The Lord put His Spirit into the dry, dead bones. Through Jesus and what He’s done on the cross, we gain the Holy Spirit, and the Lord puts His Spirit into us making us alive again. We are dead in our sin, but through Jesus we can become the walking dead, alive in Christ. Ephesians 5:14 says “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
This has slapped me in the face. I have been saved by God’s grace through the blood of Christ, but I’ve gotten to where I walk around in a haze, more zombie-like than anything. I need to wake up, get out of my “busy” induced funk, and fully live out the life in Christ that God has planned for me. It is so easy to get lazy in your walk with God and before you know you, you’ve slipped so far you become just a checklist Christian. You went to church, check. You read your Bible, check. You prayed at least once today, check. You met up with the person discipling you, check. NO! Don’t just go through the motions. Wake up! Live!! Die to yourself (Phil 1:21) and life for Christ. As Matt Chandler put it, we weren’t made to sit on the couch. We were made to live out the life, not watch others live it out or watch it in the world around us. Don’t let the stench of death be stankin up yo life, let the aroma of the gospel fill your every nook and cranny! If you are like me and have a tendency to sometimes just go through the motions when life gets busy or the devil hits ya where it counts, don’t let if knock you down to just doing through the motions. Let God breathe life into you! Let Him bring your dead bones to life! There are no bones too dried out that God can’t handle it. Romans 6:6, “We know that out old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” You’ve been set free. Don’t be a zombie, find life through Christ!